Guards or no-guards

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by parkeeee, Jul 26, 2006.


Remove grass deflectors?

  1. Yes, always have deflector off

  2. Deflector is used as needed

  1. parkeeee

    parkeeee LawnSite Member
    Posts: 227

    I have seen a lot of machines without grass deflectors attached. While this can disperse clippings more evenly over the lawn, the risk of shooting debris is too great for my tastes. I will bungee cord up my deflector when in wide open spaces but never when near buildings/people/vehicles.

    The equipment at work is all rear discharge so this is not an issue, but the equipment that I have for my lawn care business is side discharge and I would never completely remove it.

    Just today, while going down the street, there was someone cutting a median with the deflector completely removed. With temperatures in the upper 80's I had my window rolled down and as I passed a chunk of branch was launched in my direction by the mower.

    What is the general consensus on keeping or removing a deflector?


    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,138

    We take em off and go with blade blockers.

    GBSLAND LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    Same here:clapping:
  4. PR Fect

    PR Fect LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,074

    Quick chute on ours and no regrets.
  5. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,646

    In previous years when I side discharged I never had one on. Last year I had an OCDC, and this year I mulch, so there is obviously no need for one.
  6. Idealtim

    Idealtim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 939

    The guard is on it, just up and away.
  7. TheLawnBarber

    TheLawnBarber LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 539

    I usually do both. Some lawns that are short I discharge I have the chute down. But when lawns are really tall and thick I have the discharge chute up. I just depends on the conditions.
  8. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,201

    Yeah I never run with chutes on my mowers dont like the rows of cut grass laying all over a yard we just cut, not in the bailing busn. I have been running without them on all of my mowers for over 15 yr with no problems. By the way isn't that why we carry insurance ? just in case something happens?
  9. Waterscapes By Design

    Waterscapes By Design LawnSite Member
    Posts: 237

    I personally take all mine off too, I cant stand to see a yard with rows of clippings every 34-52 inches wide, it just takes away from that clean fresh cut look..... I recently put on a couple mulching decks and am quite pleased! Only problem I have with the mulching decks is that sometimes I'm actually getting hit in the face by a little bit of the grass that comes sort of out the front of the mower as I ride.....anyone else with a mulching deck have that happen??
  10. Phil's Lawn Care

    Phil's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 38

    Leave mine on and bungee cord them up... Then when around beds, cars, etc, I let the bungee cord down.

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